The juicy lychee fruit is a member of the soapberry family. You will find lychee fruits in loose clusters ranging from 4-40 fruits that will grow on a tree. Lychee fruit is grown in many sub-tropical areas such as Indonesia, Israel, Madagascar, Southeast China, India, and many more including Australia.
Lychee Picking Tips
Ripper lychees will typically have be bright in colour and balanced in shape. Ripe lychee fruits will have a bright red, pebbly textured rind, which means they have the correct sugar-to-acid ratio. Once the lychees are identified as ready to harvest snip the main stem for each cluster. For harder to reach fruits a pruning pole may be required.
Lychee Picking Locations
Mareeba, Dimbulah, Yeppoon
Childers, Ballina, Lismore, Yeppoon
Byron Bay, Coffs Harbour
Things you’ll need when Lychee picking
Work will be typically be in hot conditions so remember to stay cool and hydrated unless you’re working in a Greenhouse. Work can be tiring,
- Non slip sturdy footwear.
- Long Pants or Shorts
- Long-sleeved shirt
- Broad Brimmed Hat
Did you know?
The very high vitamin C levels in lychees make this fruit extremely beneficial for our bone and skin health.
Pay Information for Lychee Picking
Pay rates will differ from employer to employer, payment can be on an hourly, weekly or fortnightly basis. It is not uncommon for employers to also have a per piece pay agreement, pay will depend on how productive you are.